Features and Ease of Use
Unique Star sells the full suite of hosting services, from shared hosting to dedicated servers. Its shared hosting plans come with these key features as standard:
- 99.9% uptime guarantee
- Free domain registration with the higher tier plans
- From one to unlimited add-on domains
- Unlimited disk space and bandwidth plans available
- Free 24/7 customer support
There are five tiers of shared hosting plans: Personal, Basic, Pro, Advanced, and Premium. The Personal plan has limited features, so unless you need a basic plan with less than 100 MB disk space, you will need to upgrade to one of the four higher packages.
New website owners get some useful tools to help them get started quickly. There is a one-click installer for WordPress, phpBB, and various CMS programs (but I can’t tell you which ones). There is also a live chat script installer and a generic one-click script installer.
Plans come with the popular cPanel control panel, and you get an industry-standard 99.9% uptime.
Pricing and Support
Unique Star’s prices are in line with other companies. The higher tier plans – which come with unlimited disk space, bandwidth, and domains – are at the higher end of the price spectrum. However, if you can make do with fewer than four domains, you could pick up a cheap plan with all of the same features.
You can purchase plans on terms ranging from one month to three years, and you pay less when you commit more. Domain names come free with some plans (but not all), but backups and SSL certificates always cost extra, so that’s something for you to keep in mind when considering a purchase.
24/7 customer support can be accessed by phone, live chat, and email. There is no knowledge base (unless it’s hidden behind a login page) or FAQs, which means you’re reliant on the quality of the technical support staff.
Unfortunately, when I attempted to contact the company in the early morning (U.K. time) by email and live chat (which was offline at the time), I had still received no response two days later.